Do lists like this even need an introduction any more? 10 best foreign films of the last 10 years. Odds are you'll disagree here and there. Share your outrage or your agreements below.
City of God: Roger Ebert called it one of the best movies you'll ever see, and he's probably right. Watching City of God is like watching The Godfather for the first time. The worst part about this film is that you can't unwatch it so you can watch it for the first time again.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The film that changed the way this country (and the industry) looked at foreign films. Dropped in wide release, this was the first $100 million subtitled foreign language film ever -- and for good reason. The action is incredible, the emotion deep and soulful, and the score an uplifting, heartbreaking masterpiece of its own. The single greatest martial arts film ever made.
Pan's Labyrinth: Guillermo del Toro's brilliant, fantastic masterpiece, this is the film every studio rejected before del Toro raised the funds to make it himself. After its release, the filmmaking world finally woke up to Guillermo's genius, and the world fell in love with a little girl who wanted nothing more than to get away from a world she didn't belong in.
Amelie: Jean-Pierre Jeunet's fantastic comedy about a girl who delights in secretly improving the lives of others while neglecting her own chance at happiness. The film that made us swoon for the beauty that lies within the luscious eyes of Audrey Tautou.
Let the Right One In: The single best horror film of the decade, this quiet, somber love story is about the innocence of youth and the deviousness of evil. Every time you watch it, it is a different film, and different parts of it speak to you in different ways. Is it a tale of first love, best friends, or something far more sinister?
Passion of the Christ: Despite being self-funded by an Australian and shot on location in Italy in a long dead language, few people would properly categorize this as a foreign film. But it is -- one of the very best of the decade. This is on my personal list of the 10 best films ever made. Its depiction of the final hours of Christ is touching, heartbreaking, and heavily focused upon the often publicly neglected core of Christianity: its basis in forgiveness and love, even in the face of extreme circumstances.
Downfall: This is the story of the final hours of Hitler in his bunker as his precious Reich collapses around him. But rather than relishing the self-destruction of the most hated man in history, it instead tries to get into his head as well as those of his followers, as they take a long, hard look at the world they've created and then take the only way out they can stomach. The last 20 minutes of this film are so soul-crushingly depressing that it will darken your whole day. But it will give you a fresh perspective not only on World War II, but also on the frightening loyalty some people will devote to a cause.
Old Boy: Revenge, pure and simple. But not the way you expect. This breakout South Korean hit has become a hipster staple complete with action figures and a forthcoming remake helmed by Spielberg and starring Will Smith. Fortunately, no matter how bizarre, bad or spectacular the remake turns out, people will be turned on to one of the great underground hits of this decade.
Slumdog Millionaire: Jai Ho! Jai Ho! Jai HooooooooooOOOOOOOOOooo! No doubt still fresh in your mind, this film swept the Oscars in a big way this year and will resonate in pop culture for years. Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and a sheer delight, I've seen this film a dozen times already and will see it at least a dozen more.
Infernal Affairs: This brilliant Hong Kong crime movie is probably best known to you through its American remake, The Departed. Marty did a great job with the remake, but many fans still contend that this, the original, is better. A classic, tense thriller, this movie will blow your doors off -- even if you know The Departed by heart.